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A large sea duck, the common eider dives up to 60 feet deep to pluck clams, crabs and other animals off the sea floor.

common eider swimming

Did You Know?

Common eiders are the largest duck found in the northern hemisphere.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Somateria mollissima

Rocky coasts, shoals; in summer, also islands, tundra.


Zoo Location:
Birds of the World

Fish, crustaceans, small animals

Risk Status:
IUCN—Near threatened